by Tiana Feng
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Label: Outside Music
Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes brings back their elusive music drifting between shoegaze, occasional rock moments and Beach Boys inspired harmonies. Their latest Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO is appropriately named, the songs like a soundtrack of someone floating through space.
At times the shoegaze takes over the songwriting quite a bit and move at a slow pace with the eight songs on the long side at 5 and a half to 7 minutes. What it does deliver on is harmonic surprise like the sudden chord shift in “And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold” at 1:58. “People at the Sticks” and “Colour YR Lights” sound like a mid 60s classic, complete with the drug video for the first one. Perhaps, you’d start to picture actual aliens in this floating space atmosphere if you popped some pills.
The album is meant to be listened and “experienced” as a whole. There’s even built in calming moments (beginning of “Catalina) that give you a blissful break before absorbing the denseness of what’s to come. Each instant is alluring leading to the next unpredictable moment. You’re stuck until they finally decide to release you t the end as the sounds slowly disperse into thin air, (or into deep space).